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The Asphalt Jungle

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Directed by John Huston, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE is considered by many to be the defining film of the crime oeuvre. After many years in prison, Doc (Sam Jaffe), a seemingly over-the-hill and retired (i.e. rehabilitated) criminal decides upon his release to make one last go of it. His attempts at reuniting the old gang come up against the intentions of his partner who intends to start a Kentucky horse farm with his share of the take. Doc's lecherous tendencies for young curvaceous women get him nowhere but delight the viewer with standout performances by Jean Hagen and a lusty Marilyn Monroe. The tremendous character development is aided by Huston and Ben Maddow's script, and Huston's direction. Based on a novel by W.R. Burnett. Remade in 1958 as BADLANDERS, in 1963 as CAIRO and 1972 as COOL BREEZE.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 65903

  • Credits
    Sterling Hayden, John Hamilton, Sam Jaffe, Jean Hagen, Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jean Mortenson, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Max Goldsmith, Barry Kelley
  • Critic Reviews
    5 stars out of 5 -- "Director John Huston is at the top of his game here, mixing gritty on-street shooting and pulp thriller characters with higher thematic aspirations..."
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    4 stars out of 5 -- "Set in an anonymous mid-western city, this grittily shot tale draws on a classic three-act structure: the planning of the jewellery robbery, the operation, and its tragic aftermath."
    Total Film

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